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Lessons and stories from the front lines of fighting identity theft.

 

Posts from July, 2010

Data Breaches

Jul 29

Data Breaches What you should know and do The other day my brother received a letter from a major company notifying him that his information had been breached.  He was quite casual in responding to the letter until I explained to him it’s imperative that he take action to protect his identity.  After that, he got on […]

Cyber-criminals aren’t your typical computer geeks

Jul 22

Cyber-criminals aren’t your typical computer geeks Last night I was watching a late night movie about these teenagers trying to hack into the computer school system to steal SAT answers.  Of course, the movie ends with them getting caught and innocently admitting to their crime with a slap to the hand.  Coincidentally, the next day I picked up the morning newspaper […]

Are you a blogger?

Jul 19

Are you a blogger? Tips to protecting your personal blog from identity theft The other day my cousin sent me a link to our “Family Tree” blog which has been in the works for a few months.  I was so excited to click on the link and navigate into my family history and view how we are all related.  […]

What college students should be doing to help prevent on campus identity theft

Jul 15

Recently, my niece received a letter from one of the universities she applied to and shared with me that she had been accepted.  I was so happy for her that I could have run a marathon.  She also shared with me that she is planning to live in a dorm on campus.  As her uncle, […]

ProtectMyID.com Fraud Case Story #10

Jul 13

ProtectMyID.com Fraud Case Story #10 The purpose of this blog series is to educate people about the ways that identities are stolen without revealing confidential information or names of the people who have been affected. Keep in mind, these stories are true (although I have omitted specific details for our members’ protection) and are described by real Fraud Resolution Agents. […]

Hidden Credit Available for the Taking

Jul 08

Hidden Credit Available for the Taking Are you really safe from identity theft when you close a credit card account? With the ever-rising prices on goods and credit card interest rates going up, I am planning to limit the usage of my credit cards. Besides the need to limit my usage, I intend to close credit cards that I don’t actively […]

Got good credit

Jul 06

Got good credit Who are more likely to be targeted by identity thieves?  You may think they’re only people who put themselves in a position to have their identities stolen such as leaving a purse in a car or not shredding sensitive documents on a regular basis.  However, fraudsters are becoming more aggressive and savvier than ever. This […]

Your Company’s Credit Health

Jul 02

Between July 1 and July 7, Experian is offering all business owners the opportunity to view their company’s business credit report for FREE.

Retirees prime targets for identity theft

Jul 01

Retirees prime targets for identity theft The other day I was having dinner with a friend I have not seen in a while.  We chatted about life’s events when the conversation transitioned to how our parents are doing.  My friend was happy to announce that both his parents are retired and they are excited to be retiring at a high-end retirement […]